A mighty success in 2014, the world-renowned Invictus Games will be hosted yet again in 2016, but this year the Paralympic sports event will be hosted across the pond at Walt Disney World Orlando’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.
From May 8th to 12th the best Paralympians from across the globe – specifically servicemen and women injured in combat – will be going for gold and raising awareness of those armed services veterans injured in combat.
Created with the leadership of Prince Harry, the very first Invictus Games proved to be a spectacular event watched by millions, and its legacy lives on; next year, Toronto has been confirmed to host the Games.
At Orlando‘s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, a dazzling Opening Ceremony on May 8th has been scheduled, complete with a celebrity line-up including Morgan Freeman and performances by British artists James Blunt and Laura Wright.
Military bands from across the US and further afield will play to the thousands gathered at the event, and personal stories from individuals wounded in combat will add to what is set to be a truly inspiring four days of world-class sport.
The Games themselves will witness more than 500 competitors from 14 countries taking part in 10 sports, including wheelchair rugby, road cycling, wheelchair basketball and athletics.
Tune into BBC1 and BBC2 from May8th – 12th to watch the Invictus Games in action. For further information, visit the BBC website!